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New discoveries in the Roman Villa of Somma Vesuviana. Excavations in the monumental Roman building of imperial age of the bell locations continue to return interesting evidence on its intended use through the centuries.
The impressive building of the Roman imperial age – at the foot of Mount Somma – also known as “Villa Augustus” or “Dionysian villa” continues to amaze scholars and archeology enthusiasts. The villa discovered in the 30’s, immediately conquered the academic period that immediately understood the importance of.
Its location in fact, “apud urbem Nolam” (near Nola) – as we read in the first book of the Annals of Tacitus – did believe researchers of the time he had found the residence where he died the Emperor Octavian. But for the research it was to wait. Only in 2002, thanks to a multidisciplinary research program of the University of Tokyo, the trowel and the picks of the archaeologists were able to remove most of the thick volcanic layers of the eruption of Vesuvius in 472 A.D. that covered almost entirely, bringing to light a real treasure chest of time: structures of the early imperial age who continue to live up to the fifth century A.D., changing over time character and function. The site has already returned rich decorations, mosaics, statues and paintings, attracting more and more the interest of the employees and providing material for exhibitions, set up over the years with their own findings from this impressive, such as those in Japan (Aichi and in Tokyo) on the occasion of expo 2005. But the surprises it seems, they are far from over. During the last excavation campaign in fact, directed by Prof. Masanori Aoyagi of the University of Tokyo study of the project of Prof. Antonio De Simone, University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, they were brought to light the perimeter walls of a large tank for containment of water.
New discoveries in the Roman Villa of Somma Vesuviana.
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